Ontario boasts over 80,000 km in trails. Whether you're in downtown Toronto or North of Superior, we have a trail for you.
The Ontario Trails Council is a registered charity, led by volunteers who promote the development, management, use and conservation of Ontario's trails.
You'll find everything from gentle walking trails to rock faces for climbing and water routes to canoe and kayak.
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Canadian Trails Federation (and Ontario Trails) want to know about your International Trails Day Event!
International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails, trail development and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. It is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. Started by the American Hiking Society in 1992, trails Day has spread to encompass all forms of recreational trail usage in more than a dozen countries worldwide.
It promotes public awareness of and appreciation for trails and the people who build and maintain them.
Builds partnerships among trail groups, businesses, and public land managers.
Encourages cooperative efforts among different trail users, including hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, walkers, runners.
International Trails Day brings together trails enthusiasts, to participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, and instructional workshops and trail work projects.
At both Canadian Trails and Ontario Trails we are interested in knowing who is hosting an event as part of this celebration of trails.
We need your help!
In 2015 we secured 101 respondents to our "The Value of Trails - Measuring the Economic Impact of Trails Survey."
We've added 12 more to the 2017 updates. We have a ways to go.
Below you will see the OTC is presenting to the Canadian Parks and Recreation Conference March 10, and to Parks and Recreation Ontario March 28. On both occasions we are speaking to trails tourism and the economic impact of trails.
Click through the screen capture below to access the survey.
There are many metrics to measure in determining the economic impact of trails, and tourism in just one factor. In order to accurately represent a closer economic impact of trails we are requesting your speedy response to our Call to Action for Your Input to our Value of Trails 2017 survey.
With your help we will make an even stronger case for trails and the supports you require to provide a top notch experience at each of your trail destinations.
We are also accepting new responses! Many Thanks! We encourage you to complete our Trails Tourism Survey
We continue to work on gathering information in order provide Regional Tourism Organizations with an action plan for integration of trails, tourism, and marketing products, including changes to our award winning OTC Website.
In order to make recommendations we need your input. To date we have reached out to over 115 RTO/DMO/DMP partners. Please get back to us. We are trying to complete our analysis and we want your input as opposed to a gap, unfortunately gaps will be noted.
Contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him 613-484-1140, thanks. Trailhead Hastings - the Dialogue Continues!
As requested when we met with MP Mike Bossio Ontario Trails Council through its various inter-linkages have provided MP Bossio with a briefing note on Trailhead Canada as well as a short fact sheet on Canadian Trails.
There are trails in each Canadian province and territory. Trails are managed or unmanaged. There are 360,521 trails in total. 278,576 are managed.
These are made for:
104,783km of snowmobile
32,334km of ATV/ORM
16,700km Cross Country Skiing
9278km Mountain Biking
5099km Cycling Touring
16,291 Walking Cycling Shared
6788 Equestrian Shared
20,496 Snowmobile Shared
27,536 ATV Shared
Trails are single use, mixed or shared use. Single use means one activity, mixed means motorized (M) with non-motorized (NM), and shared use means shared by a group of M or NM activities.
Canadian Trail activities include:
all-terrain vehicle, off road motorized vehicle, hiking, walking, motorcycle (dirt bike), road cycling, mountain biking, assisted electric vehicle, e-bike, snowmobiling, sight-seeing, bird-watching, snow-shoeing, climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, skijoring, equestrian, carriage, active transportation (bike or walking), running, canoe, kayaking, geo-caching.
There are trails in urban, suburban, town and country, remote and wilderness areas.
Trails are managed by parks, municipalities, conservation areas, heritage sites, tourism offices, economic development, private lands, first nations, recreation departments, crown land managers, and use groups.
13,290km of trails are in urban areas, focused largely on non-motorized use.
Over 347,231km of trail are in sub-urban, rural and wilderness areas.
For every dollar invested in trails, trails return a $1: $9 from tourism
For every dollar invested in trails, trails return a $1: $4 from healthcare savings.
Please join us at Trailhead Canada, so we can develop policies and best practices at the national level to support trails in your riding. Thank-you.
Trailhead North Nipigon!Join us in Nipigon as we present another symposium with enriched and regional content geared to the north! 2017 Program
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Trails Act & What it means for Northern Regional Trails
Parks Canada’s Trails Program & Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Implementing the Parks Canada Trail Classification on Local Trails
Implementing Trail Education Program With North Shore Network
1:00 – 2:30 PM
First Nation’s Trail Development
1:00 – 2:30 PM
First Nation’s Eco Tourism – Lac Seul
First Nation’s Employment Training
Implementing Trail Training Program
Future Trail Research
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Trails, the Outdoors & Climate Change (7:30 PM)
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Lessons Learned – Setting Up A Guiding Business
A Guide To Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret
Tourism Excellence North Program
Sponsored by Lakehead University
Fat Bikes & Winter Trails
Canadian Trails Federation & Trailhead Canada
Trails Tourism Strategies – Lessons Learned from Central Counties
Implementing The Lighthouse Trail – Connecting 4 Light stations on Lake Superior
North of Superior Trails – Getting Organized
Rob Swainson, Hike Leader
As at 3/8/2017 Program content subject to change based on availability. Trailhead Headwaters May 10, 2017!
Since the New Year OTC has been working with Shirley Boxem of Headwaters in Action to bring forward Trailhead Headwaters!
We are well into the planning process for the Trails Summit and striving to form an optimum agenda.
We appreciate the Town of Mono who have secured have secured Monora Park for the day as a donation from the Town of Mono!
OTC has been working with the community members of the CHATT, Headwaters Communities in Action’s Citizens of Headwaters for Active Transportation Team in planning the event.
Yesterday Dufferin County came on board with funding support for the symposium. Thanks to Scott Burns P.Eng. for his support and kind remarks!
Preliminary topic list includes:
Rail Trail Development
Dufferin County Trails Master-plan
Regional Trail Committee Discussion
Economic Impact of Trail Development
Developing Interpretive Signage
Headwaters Trails Connectivity
We will post all links to sites and registration as they go live. For now keep May 10 open as if you are in the area you may want to present or participate!
Parks and Recreation Ontario is delighted to invite sponsors, advertisers and trade show exhibitors to the PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show at Deerhurst Conference Centre from March 28 - 31, 2017. Come to introduce your product/service, increase visibility for your brand, and engage with more than 600 parks and recreation professionals from across Ontario and beyond.
Membership Renewals - Thank-you for your Support!We wish to thank the organizations that have already completed their membership for 2017. We couldn't do our work without your continued support. Many thanks!
"The OTC provides us with the ability to communicate and collaborate with industry stakeholders, professionals and advocates. It also provides us with the tools to develop our own capacities, skills and networks. As well, it is important to back to the OTC and trail communities in our province. Being an OTC member allows us to benefit from the knowledge of other members through education and professional development opportunities such as the Trailhead Ontario conference, and through professional networking. The OTC is the influential body that will help guide and shape the political, professional and physical landscape of trails in Ontario. Joining the OTC provides an opportunity to be part of this process: to both contribute and gain knowledge in a community of passionate, like-minded individuals and organizations." - Damian Bradley, Cycling advocate and Developer Guelph Regional Trails Council Membership Benefits INFORMATION AND FUNDING
OTC Trails and Event page representation
Representation on OTC trails maps
Social Media represents you to 60,000+ people
Fund Development through grant writing, grant support
ACCESS AND INFLUENCE
Connectivity to the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
Leadership at the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee